M.S. TegelbergMarch 19 2010 at 10:38 AM
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Response to Re: Vessels: Tegelberg, Toba, Soedoe
Hi Jan and Melmoth,
According to some, the modern passenger/cargo vessel M.S.Tegelberg was in the service of the British Shipping Ministry as a troopship from sometime in 1940 and transported elements of the Australian 2/18 Battalion to Singapore during January/February 1941.
Not much is known about her whereabouts until 27/10/1941 when she reported the position of a Vichy convoy south of Madagascar while crossing the Indian Ocean unescorted. (The result of the report was that 5 valuable French merchant vessels were seized by British and South African naval units.)
During 1942 she had apparently been converted to an infantry landing ship and took part in Mediterranean operations. She made a rendezvous with Convoy WS28 on 16/03/1943 and sailed via Cape Town (11/04/1943) to Aden, where she arrived 30/04/1943. Later, Tegelberg joined Convoy KMF22 (17/08/1943) arriving at Gibraltar on 24/08/1943 and on VE Day she embarked troops at Bombay bound for Malaya. Despite Tegelberg being described as having a distinguished war career, very little is known about her movements.
What was the status of the Tegelberg in early 1942 and what was the purpose of her visit to Java?